steam distillation

noun

Definition of steam distillation

: distillation (as of a substance essentially insoluble in water) assisted by steam that is usually introduced as a current into the substance to be distilled and carries over with it quantities of the more volatile components to form an aqueous distillate on condensation by means of steam distillations, volatile organic liquids may be separated from relatively nonvolatile impurities— J. H. Perry

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“Steam distillation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/steam%20distillation. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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